Resonant Things

Kelly Austin
Friday, 16 November, 2018 to Saturday, 8 December, 2018

Kelly Austin
Stilled composition 43 2018
stoneware, glaze, wood and acrylic paint
38d x 145w x 48h cm

I am curious about the way we interpret things and how an understanding of one object may influence the perception of another. My work therefore explores illusion, the relationships of ceramic objects in still life compositions and asks how carefully do we look? How is what we perceive connected to the depth with which we see? Some of my forms are grounded in utility and familiarity while others are more ambiguous and abstract. The inclusion of painted timber shelves further explores the idea of illusion; placing three dimensional objects within two dimensional framing.

Formal relationships between individual objects weave the constructed groups together. Quiet shifts in surface quality from matt to gloss aim to enhance the subtlety and detail of the works. An overall sense of resonance and softness is sought through the use of colour, tone and shadow.